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I am mystified. Our 12 yr old collie/shepherd dog hasnt pooed

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I am mystified. Our 12 yr old collie/shepherd dog hasn't pooed properly for 3 days. He's been squatting and pushing and has occasionally passed small amounts of runny poo, but certainly hasn't had full on diarrhoea, nor has he passed a normal stool. His demeanour is fine, he is in no pain, his tummy feels relaxed, he's running around. What's going on?? We have been watching him closely every time we've taken him out and he definitely has not pooed, other than the dribbles he's done every now and then. It doesn't make sense, does it? You would think he had a blockage, but obviously he hasn't or he'd been in real pain. He's eating fine, so where are his faeces?!
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Ann M. replied 3 years ago.
Hi there and thank you for your question. My name is Ann and I am a licensed veterinarian and I would be happy to assist you.

There are two possibilities here. The first is that he is constipated, and the second is that he has diarrhea. If you have a rubber glove and some lube, and you are willing, you can gently insert a finger all the way into his rectum. If you don't hit any feces with your finger, then the problem is diarrhea. If you do feel firm feces with the tip of your finger, he is constipated. With diarrhea, they can dribble small amounts at a time all day for multiple days. With constipation, they strain a lot and squeeze liquid feces out around the firm feces.

As long as he is eating and drinking and acting normal, here is what I would do. I would get some Metamucil (do they have that in the UK?) or other soluble fiber supplement, or else canned pumpkin (if they have that in the UK) and give him the human dose that it says on the container each day. For canned pumpkin, give a tablespoon twice daily. Fiber will help with both constipation and diarrhea. Also, I would give a tablespoon of plain yogurt twice daily, because it helps the good bacteria return to the colon, and will help with both diarrhea and constipation, too. Then I would switch back to the bland diet- boiled chicken breast or lean ground beef mixed 50/50 with white rice. It won't hurt the constipation, but may help if the problem is diarrhea.

If at any time he stops eating or starts acting lethargic, you should see a vet right away. If he is not any better by Tuesday, I would see a vet.

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